SITE work has begun on the first stage of the Murdoch Health and Knowledge Precinct (MHKP), which is located 12 kilometres south of Perth's CBD and will include aged care beds, affordable housing and the state's first 'Medihotel'.
The 9.6-hectare site adjacent to Fiona Stanley Hospital will be developed in two stages over 10 to 15 years, with plans for it to become a major hub delivering jobs, new homes, and leading health and research facilities. It forms part of the broader Murdoch Activity Centre that will eventually be home to 35,000 jobs, 22,000 residents and up to 44,000 students.
The first stage of the MHKP is being developed by Fini Group and includes 175 apartments, a 150-bed aged care facility, a 6,480-square metre super medical clinic, a Medihotel, short-stay accommodation, and 6,080 square metres of commercial, retail and amenity space.
"The Medihotel is a specialist hotel designed to support patients discharged from hospital but who are still recovering, and will provide them with a comfortable, innovative and family friendly environment in which to receive ongoing care," Health Minister Roger Cook said.
"It was one of the McGowan Government's key election commitments to put patients first by freeing up hospital beds through Medihotels and creating more aged care places, and this goes toward delivering that pledge."
Completion of stage one civil works is anticipated in mid-2018, while the Medihotel facility is expected to open in 2021.